adaptive immune system

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adaptive immune system

n.
The component of the vertebrate immune system involving lymphocytes (B cells and T cells) containing a small number of genetically encoded proteins that combine to produce an enormous variety of proteins capable of recognizing and deactivating specific antigens.
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30) So, the baby's acquired immune system quickly gets busy learning its "craft," a lifelong process.
History, 1796: Smallpox killed 1 of 5 people who contracted it, but survivors never got it again; their acquired immune system had become educated to kill the virus on sight and prevent a recurrence.
Please note that ultimately, the innate and acquired immune systems both stimulate the same final consequences.
Compared with the prompt but nonspecific innate immune system, the acquired immune system develops reactions more slowly but creates a specific, enduring response to each type of intruder.
The acquired immune system contains white blood cells of its own called "lymphocytes.
Activation of the acquired immune system requires the presence of an immunogen/antigen.
In such cases, an antibody will bind to the antigen, but the acquired immune system will not be stimulated to respond to the antigen with an enhanced cell mediated or humoral response.
We have demonstrated that PT-100 stimulates a variety of cytokines and chemokines which provide upregulation of both innate and acquired immune systems.

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